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Imam held along with 18 gold bars at Dhaka airport

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Staff Reporter

Members of Airport Armed Police Battalion arrested an imam of a mosque run by the Civil Aviation authorities along with 18 gold bars, weighing 1.800 kg, and 18,240 US dollars at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here early Saturday.

The arrested was identified as Aslam Sheikh, imam of Civil Aviation Tower Mosque.

Al-Amin, assistant superintendent of police said Aslam landed at the airport from a Turkey Airways flight from Kairo at about 4:45 am.

Police challenged him at the concourse hall of the airport when he went there after the end of his arrival formalities.

Later they found 18 gold bars and 18,240 US dollars after searching his body.

He brought the gold bars illegally from Egypt, said Al-Amin.